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05 Aug 2013, 12:59 am

REVIEW: Demon Quest: The Demon of Paris by Paul Magrs

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DQ2, 1x70 minute special

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One of the inspirations for the look of the Fourth Doctor was Toulouse-Lautrec's poster of Aristride Bruant. Big hat, long scarf, very bohemian. So it was appropriate that sooner or later, the Doctor revisits the origins of his fourth incarnation's distinctive look, and it was Paul Magrs, as part of the second installment of Demon Quest, who did it...

Taking Mrs Wibbsey to Paris in the 1890s, the Doctor finds the city gripped with fear. Aristride Bruant, the man whose poster has been Doctored by an unknown enemy, is missing. So are many girls of the night, if they haven't been found dead. And many are blaming Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the volatile artist who painted the poster in the first place. The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey, in their search for answers, take in the Moulin Rouge, the Cemetary of Montmarte, and Toulouse-Lautrec's own residence, but it seems that they may be the next victims of a monstrous, and inhuman serial killer...

This isn't the first time that the series had dealt with tormented artists, with not dissimilar themes in Vincent and the Doctor. The story is also a touch better than the first instalment. There's a good mystery, and at least one question is answered from the original instalment. It's also done from Mrs Wibbsey's point of view, which was novel, compared to the previous instalments, mostly narrated by the Fourth Doctor and Mike Yates.

Tom Baker is still pretty good as the Doctor, while we get some insight into the sour Mrs Wibbsey, as played by Susan Jameson, as she narrates the story. La Concierge and La Charlotte are rather too melodramatic for my liking, though the latter is likeable, and the former does do well after a certain point. Mark Meadows as Lautrec is enjoyable enough.

As usual, the sound design is quite good. It's certainly better than the previous installment. Not quite at the level of Big Finish, unfortunately. But it's still good, though not quite stellar. Unfortunately, really.

The Demon of Paris is certainly an improvement over the original installment of the Demon Quest series. Not by that much, but still enjoyable.


SCORE: 8.5/10


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05 Aug 2013, 3:02 am

REVIEW: Demon Quest: A Shard of Ice by Paul Magrs

SERIAL:
DQ3, 1x70 minute special

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Doctor Who often delves into the realm of fairytales and myth. The latter is what is particularly targeted by the series, but occasionally, fairytales are used. So for this third instalment of Demon Quest, Paul Magrs takes a leaf out of The Snow Queen, with a fairytale set in a magical and deadly landscape...

The Doctor and Mike Yates, following another clue in the form of a book of fairytales, travel to Germany in the 1800s, interrupting the journey of the book's author Albert Tiermann, who is the storyteller to a capricious king. The Doctor soon realises that all Tiermann seems to care about is himself, and that Tiermann has made a bargain with a deadly entity taking the form of a queen of ice. With people being killed, and Tiermann hungry for the book of his tales from the future, things are going to be dark before the dawn...

Okay, the story is a fairly decent one, but it's all beginning to feel just a bit samey by now. It's getting to be all too much of a formula. Even so, a lot is evoked of the fairytale background, and it's nice to have a different narrator for the story this time around, in the form of Tiermann.

Part of the problem is the characters. Richard Franklin as Mike Yates gets virtually nothing to do, and is thus criminally underutilised. The same couldn't be said about Tom Baker's Doctor, who is a delight as usual. Unfortunately, Samuel West's Tiermann, while his story is tragic, seems too readily forgiven, though the actor does pretty damn well. The other characters...well, Jan Francis makes an excellent Ice Queen, but the others are pretty forgettable.

The sound design is once more quite good, albeit not up to the level of Big Finish. But there are times when the sound mixing is rather odd. I dunno whether this was a fault on the CD or in the mixing itself, but dialogue seemed to switch between left and right without any real justification.

Overall, A Shard of Ice was mildly disappointing, despite some pretty damn good concepts. But maybe the best in Demon Quest is yet to come...


SCORE: 8/10


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06 Aug 2013, 11:54 pm

REVIEW: Demon Quest: Starfall by Paul Magrs

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DQ4, 1x70 minute special

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If there's one part of popular culture that Doctor Who has barely exploited, but it should, it's the realm of comic books. Just about the only big reference was the wholly fictitious superhero, the Karkus, seen briefly in The Mind Robber. So it's about time that a rather more wholehearted reference be made in the fourth installment of Demon Quest, Starfall...

New York, 1976. Alice Trefusis is the literary secretary of reclusive and bitter former movie star Mimsy Loyne. One of her few joys is her relationship with pretzel seller and wannabe comic book artist Buddy Hudson. But when a meteorite comes down in Central Park, and Alice is given powers at the same time a strange trio try to intervene, things are getting stranger. The Doctor, Mrs Wibbsey, and Mike Yates have followed the trail to one last destination, but the Doctor is getting weak, he and Yates are accused of murder, and Wibbsey and Buddy are witness to not only Alice transforming into a superhero, but of strange cultists emulating the Doctor...

The story itself has some pretty good concepts, but it's still a pretty simple enhanced audiobook. I have to confess to being annoyed by Buddy's pseudo-noir narration, though I find it hard to tell whether it's due to the writing or the actor. I just wish the cultist element of the story had been introduced earlier in the arc, along with the Doctor having his life sapped. The latter may tie in better with the superhero theme (Superman and kyptonite are explicitly mentioned, and Buddy, in addition, uses Stan Lee's 'true believers' catchphrase in his narration), but it could have been foreshadowed too.

Tom Baker is tending to ham it up quite a bit too much, especially as the Fourth Doctor is sapped, while Richard Franklin's Yates seems badly misused here, seemingly afraid of heights for an army officer and someone who has seen worse in UNIT. Susan Jameson's Wibbsey is good, and Laurel Lefkow's Alice is too. I wasn't that convinced by Lorelei King's Loyne, and Trevor White's Buddy was a bit irritating.

As noted before, the sound design is good, albeit not at the cinematic level of Big Finish. It certainly had less of the sound mixing issues that the previous volume had, which is a relief. But it's still disappointing, compared to Big Finish's stellar work.

Overall, Starfall was a good story, but hampered by some shoddy characterisation and a sense of potential gone to waste. Shame, really.


SCORE: 8/10

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07 Aug 2013, 1:29 am

REVIEW: Demon Quest: Sepulchre by Paul Magrs

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DQ5, 1x70 minute special

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The Demon Quest arc has been a moderately interesting story arc, but not quite at the level I had hoped. So as I come to the ending story, Sepulchre, I have to wonder, is it worth it? Let's find out...

Mrs Wibbsey has been taken to Sepulchre, a mysterious world at the edge of the universe. The Doctor and Mike Yates follow, to find Wibbsey hypnotised, and the minion of the Demon who had been leading them on a merry chase across time and space. But the Demon is not the only one behind this plot against the Doctor. An enemy from their past has revived, and they want the Doctor, and the contents of his mind...

The story does satisfactorily tie up the loose ends in the series, and it's certainly better than many other instalments in the series. But it's altogether too simple. It's enjoyable, but doesn't have quite the same meat as I wanted in the story. Certainly the return of the Hornets was unexpected, but it feels slightly lazy. And the ending, well, what happened there?

Tom Baker is still a good Doctor, though I think he lets the Demon off too easily, and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates gets some better characterisation in this story. It is startling to hear Susan Jameson going back to a more bitter form of Mrs Wibbsey, though this is for a good reason. Nigel Anthony as the Demon doesn't quite work. The character as written is fine enough, but playing him as mild-mannered as he is does little to help bring across the idea that he's a threat.

What can I say about the sound design that I haven't said already? Well, not much, really. Not quite at Big Finish's level. Competent, and enjoyable enough, but not my cuppa.

All in all, Sepulchre was a fine enough ending to the Demon Quest arc, but not as good as I had hoped. I can only hope that, should I start listening to the Serpent Crest arc, there is some improvement...


SCORE: 8.5/10

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07 Aug 2013, 5:01 am

REVIEW: Winter for the Adept by Andrew Cartmel

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6C/B, 4X25 minute episodes

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Andrew Cartmel was key to the development of the Seventh Doctor. But he is also responsible for writing a number of stories for the books and the Big Finish audios. His first for Big Finish was also one of the first in the main range of audios, with Winter for the Adept featuring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa...

Ms Tremayne, a Scottish religious fundamentalist, runs a finishing school for teenage girls of rich families in the Swiss Alps in 1963. While Peril and Allison, two girls trapped during the cold winter, try to escape, Nyssa is transported by accident to the same area, where she is rescued by Lieutenant Sandoz of the mountain patrol. Soon, the Doctor follows, finding that the finishing school is haunted by ghosts. But what theory does the Doctor have about the ghosts? What are the Spillagers? And what does it have to do with Peril and Allison?

The story is one of the better ones in the early Big Finish series. It's enjoyable, with an interesting mystery. Simple, but certainly better than the Demon Quest stories. There are themes of psychic powers, ghosts and supernatural goings-on. I just wish more details were given about the Spillagers earlier, and it feels like a few cracks have been papered up here and there.

Peter Davison as the Doctor is pretty good, although he acts a bit like the Seventh Doctor. Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is good, with her calling the Doctor out and giving her some depth. The other characters are all pretty good, with India Fisher as Peril and Liz Sutherland as Allison pretty good, as well as Sally Faulkner as the fanatical Tremayne.

Big Finish's sound design is good, as usual. Some bits here and there (like the voice processing for the Spillagers, which sometimes makes them a touch hard to understand) aren't as good as they could be. But the music is not only good, it's very similar to that used for the Peter Davison era.

Overall, Winter for the Adept is a pretty good story in the Big Finish audio stories, and one of the best of the early ones. A pleasant surprise.


SCORE: 9/10

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08 Aug 2013, 2:01 am

REVIEW: The Sandman by Simon A Forward

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7C/F, 4X30 minute episodes

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One theme in the new series was how horrifying the Doctor had become to his adversaries. But this in itself wasn't quite new. In 2002, Simon A Forward wrote The Sandman, a story that explores the Doctor as the boogyman of an entire alien species. But how does it turn out?

The Galyari live in fear of the Sandman, a malevolent entity with a multicoloured skin that kills any who look upon it. Cursed to wander the galaxy in a vast space fleet for eternity, the Sandman is a boogyman who is also known as the Doctor. When the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe make their way to the Galyari's fleet, the Clutch, Evelyn is disturbed to find out how much the Doctor is feared, and how much he relishes it. But the Sandman has been blamed for a series of murders in the Clutch, and one of the Galyari has sworn vengeance on the Doctor for the deaths of her children. Who is the real killer? Why has the Doctor become devil to the Galyari? And what murky deal does itinerant merchant Mordecan and his timid compatriot Nintaru have to do with it?

Reading about this story on TV Tropes, I got the impression that the story had a mildly offensive nature to it, for the same reason that Jar-Jar Binks and Watto of the Star Wars prequels were derided, for making ethnic stereotypes into aliens. I don't quite get that impression here, not as much as I did, and the concept of the story is a pretty good one, to tell the truth. More of the problem is to do with a few other characters, who are a bit stereotypical.

One of the places where it falls down are the characters. Colin Baker is good as the Doctor, but I think he's acting way too much like a bully as the Galyari's demon, albeit due to the writing rather than anything on Colin Baker's part. It might have worked better with Nicola Bryant's Peri than with Maggie Stable's Evelyn, as the Sixth Doctor at that point was a more darker type. Anneke Wills plays a very different role to Polly, the companion she played in the series, as the vengeance-driven Nrosha. The other characters are fine enough, barring Stephanie Colburn as the rather too timid and annoying Nintaru.

If there is one thing that really lets the side down, it's the sound design. Most of it's good, up to Big Finish's usual standards. But the voice processing used in this for both the Galyari and Nintaru is not quite right, and the voice processing interferes at times with the communications effects, making it hard to discern what the characters are saying. And at times, the background interferes too much with the dialogue as well.

The Sandman was a great story, let down by some poor characterisation and sound design. A shame, really.


SCORE: 8.5/10

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09 Aug 2013, 1:56 am

REVIEW: The Genocide Machine by Mike Tucker

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7S, 4X25 minute episodes

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One of the early story arcs done by Big Finish was the Dalek Empire arc, a quartet of Dalek stories, linked by some story elements that would later be put into Big Finish's Dalek Empire spinoff series. The first of these was written by Mike Tucker, a former special effects maker for Doctor Who. Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, it would foreshadow stories made for the new series...

Kar-Charrat, a wet jungle world where the ultimate library resides, hidden behind an impenetrable time barrier. The Doctor and Ace visit, intending to return some overdue library books. Bev Tarrant and her comrades are investigating a mysterious ziggurat, intending to steal it for a collector, only for everyone but Tarrant to be exterminated by a group of Daleks. And there are strange phantoms whispering in the rain. What is the Daleks' plan? Why do they need a Time Lord? And what secret do the librarians hide?

Many elements of The Genocide Machine foreshadow stories used in the new series (Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and The Waters of Mars), and it's very intelligently written. There's some very good twists, and the title, funnily enough for a Dalek story, is surprisingly non-indicative. Straightforward, yes, but enjoyable.

Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred as the Doctor and Ace respectively are excellent, as usual, with the latter getting to play a Dalek duplicate. Louise Faulkner as Bev is fine, if not quite as developed as I found her in the later story Dust Breeding (it's not as blatantly stated that she is a thief, save for one mention), while Bruce Montague as Elgin is good. For the first couple of episodes, however, Nicholas Briggs (playing Daleks for the first time in the Big Finish stories) doesn't quite sound right, though he improves as the story progresses.

Where the story falls down somewhat is the sound design. Being one of the earlier stories done by Big Finish, sometimes, the sound design isn't as refined as it could be. The Kar-Charratians' effects aren't quite as good as they could be. A shame, really, as the story is fairly good, and the sound design isn't abysmal, just not quite up to standard.

The Genocide Machine was an excellent story hampered by a few things here and there. Shame, really.


SCORE: 9/10

The next story will be The Chimes of Midnight...


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10 Aug 2013, 12:44 am

REVIEW: The Chimes of Midnight by Robert Shearman

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For a series so concerned with time travel, Doctor Who rarely explores it to its full potential. But at times, it does try to explore the possibilities of time being warped and distorted. One of the most famous Big Finish stories, The Chimes of Midnight, deals with these concepts...

Landing in an Edwardian house, the Doctor and Charley find the house shrouded in darkness, time standing still. Meanwhile, on the other side of a veil of frozen time, the servants of the house are busying for Christmas, but put-upon scullery maid Edith Thompson is at the bottom of the pile. Soon, the Doctor and Charley are brought into the house, just as Edith dies. But the servants believe that it's suicide, and soon, there's a death on the hour, every hour, with the time loop resetting on the chimes of midnight. Why does Charley seem to be hearing another Edith? Who is Edward Grove? And can the Doctor and Charley escape the paradox and save everyone else?

Whoo. What a story. It's a wonderful mix of complex usage of time, horror story, black comedy, and a tragedy all in one. Robert Shearman has a habit of reusing the same story elements in his stories, but this is by no means a bad thing at all. It's so atmospheric and wonderful, with some marvellous dialogue. Like the mutant offspring of House of Leaves and Upstairs, Downstairs.

Paul McGann is excellent as the Doctor, as usual, while India Fisher has some very good emotional scenes as Charley as she comes to terms with her past. Louise Rolfe is pretty good as the tragic figure of Edith, while the other characters are fine enough. Particular praise should go to Lennox Greaves as officious butler Shaugnessy, who also plays Edward Grove...

The sound design of the Big Finish audios is usually quite excellent, and The Chimes of Midnight is no exception. The music is wonderfully movie-like, and the sound effects are eerie. All of this contributes to the wonderful atmosphere of the story, an eerie and dark atmosphere that contributes to the story.

The Chimes of Midnight is a bloody brilliant and dark work, a credit to the author, and one of the best ever Big Finish audios...


SCORE: 10/10


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01 Oct 2013, 5:10 am

BTW, once I'm done with Red Dawn, I'll put my Randomiser technique into play.

I'll roll a standard die, six-sided, and whatever value comes up dictates the Doctor whose play I choose. So...

1= Fourth Doctor

2= Fifth Doctor

3= Sixth Doctor

4= Seventh Doctor

5= Eighth Doctor

6= Specials


Now, what choice I make after that might be a story I choose without further randomisation, or one that I choose with a die (or a coin, in one case). So, just to further break it down, the stories that I currently have are, with each Doctor and the random method of choosing...

Fourth Doctor (flipping a coin):

Heads: The Foe from the Future

Tails: The Valley of Death


Fifth Doctor (d4, 4= reroll):

1: Prisoners of Fate

2: The Eye of the Scorpion

3: Mission of the Viyrans


Sixth Doctor (d4):

1. Urgent Calls

2. The Apocalypse Element

3. Project: Twilight and Project: Lazarus

4. Doctor Who and the Pirates


Seventh Doctor (d6):

1. Colditz

2. Forty-Five: False Gods

3. Forty-Five: Order of Simplicity

4. Forty-Five: Casualties of War

5. Forty-Five: The Word Lord

6. The Shadow of the Scourge


Eighth Doctor (d4):

1. Neverland

2. The Creed of the Kromon

3. Blood of the Daleks

4. The Book of Kells


The specials (d4):

1. UNIT: The Coup

2. Bernice Summerfield: Silver Lining

3. The Davros Collection (I, Davros episodes 1-4, and The Davros Mission)

4. Iris Wildthyme: The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society


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19 Oct 2013, 12:32 am

Soon, a review of Red Dawn...


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19 Oct 2013, 5:15 am

REVIEW: Red Dawn by Justin Richards

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6Q/A, 4X20 minute episodes

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The Ice Warriors are one of the best-known monsters in Doctor Who, and it was not surprising that they were chosen for one of the first Big Finish stories. Red Dawn also featured the Fifth Doctor and Peri as they encountered these aliens, and also featured Peter Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffet. But would it be any good?

At the dawn of the 21st century, a NASA expedition to Mars, funded by the Webster Corporation, has landed. They're investigating a mysterious anomaly, a complex that the Doctor and Peri have just landed within. Soon, the complex is revealed to be the tomb of Izdal, the greatest warrior of Mars, and his guardians, frozen in cryogenic sleep, are waking up. But communications have been cut off from Earth, and Paul Webster is determined to get Ice Warrior technology at all costs. Can Lord Zzaal and his newly awoken warriors stop Webster? Why does Paul Webster's cousin, Tanya, find everything so familiar? And can the Doctor stop a war between humanity and the Martians from breaking out?

The story of Red Dawn is enjoyable enough, and is interesting in its characterisation of the Ice Warriors, with a few twists. But it's no The Tomb of the Cybermen. The story is almost as thin on the ground as the atmosphere of Mars, and the cliffhanger for the third episode is pretty much a cop-out. It's a shame, really, as the Ice Warriors have not been quite used to their full potential.

Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant as the Doctor and Peri are pretty good. Matthew Brenher's Zzaal is an excellent successor to Alan Bennion's Ice Lords from the TV series, while the various Ice Warriors are well-acted. I can't say the same for Stephen Fewell's Paul Webster, who is a rather idiotic villain, though the other characters, especially Robert Jezek's Forbes and Georgia Moffet's Tanya.

While not quite at the level of later Big Finish audios, the sound design is fine enough. The music is a bit cheesy, more Nineties than Eighties. The sound effects are quite good, using some of the old sound effects for the Ice Warriors. But the sound mixing, as is often the case, isn't quite at the cinematic level of many other stories.

Red Dawn is a fairly good story. Not quite as good as I wished it could be, but still fine enough.


SCORE: 8.5/10


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19 Oct 2013, 5:22 am

Okay, my first roll in my randomisation thing came up a six, meaning the specials. So, I can either roll a d4 and come up with something random in the specials, or else choose one to listen to.

I've decided on my own that the next story to be reviewed will be Bernice Summerfield: Silver Lining. Watch this space...


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19 Oct 2013, 6:16 am

REVIEW: Bernice Summerfield: Silver Lining by Colin Brake

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BSDWM05, 1X30 minute episode

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Big Finish started not with Doctor Who, but with a spinoff, dramatising a series of novels starring Bernice Summerfield, a former companion of the Doctor's from the New Adventures novels. As part of a promotion, a short half-hour story was given away on a CD with Doctor Who Magazine, along with the pilot for another Big Finish series, UNIT. Silver Lining would pit Bernice Summerfield against the Cybermen, but would it turn out well?

Summoned to the colony of Tysir IV, Bernice Summerfield has been requested by Lynton Jarvis, a man who is one of her biggest fans. During mining work, the remnants of what may be a previous civilisation has been uncovered, and Bernice has been requested as a second opinion, in order to make sure the colony doesn't disrupt an existing civilisation. Descending into the depths of the ruins with Lynton, Bernice discovers something shocking, but a Cybermen tomb may be the least of her worries...

Being only a single half-hour episode, it's not exactly the most complex of plots. But it has a decent enough twist partway through, it's an entertaining enough romp, and it's certainly a good introduction to her adventures. So for a free story, it's not bad at all.

I have heard Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield previously in the excellent adaptation of the New Adventures novel Love and War. Here, her performance is stellar, as it was previously. The story is effectively a two-handed play, however, with Big Finish stalwart Nicholas Briggs playing both Lynton, as well as the Cyberman.

As usual, the sound design is pretty stellar. True, there are some points where the soundscape drowns out the dialogue, but it's otherwise quite good. The sound effects are good, as is the voice processing for the Cyberman.

I came in with suitably low expectations, if only because a single half-hour isn't much time to develop a story, but Silver Lining was a good enough introduction to the Bernice Summerfield series. Here's hoping that there's better stories to come...


SCORE: 8.5/10


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19 Oct 2013, 6:17 am

Having rolled a two this time, that means a Fifth Doctor story is next. I have chosen The Eye of the Scorpion. Watch this space...


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23 Oct 2013, 2:38 am

REVIEW: The Eye of the Scorpion by Iain McLaughlin

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6Q/B, 4X30 minute episodes

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The Big Finish audios have brought new companions into the canon of the series, like Evelyn Smythe, the middle-aged history professor who mellows the Sixth Doctor, and Charley Pollard, Edwardian adventuress and living paradox. But one of the more extraordinary companions is Fifth Doctor companion Erimem, a female pharaoh. So it's fitting that I listen to her origin story, The Eye of the Scorpion...

1400 BC, and the pharaoh and almost all his heirs are dead. The Doctor and Peri land near Thebes when the TARDIS is seemingly hijacked on the Doctor's orders, and save a young woman from a pursuing mercenary. Said woman is Erimemushinteperem, the pharaoh-to-be, and she has declared the Doctor and Peri friends of the pharaoh. But an assassination attempt is thwarted, and the mercenaries have a mysterious artefact in their possession, given to them by High Priest of Horus, Horemshep. Is the Doctor's memory of Egyptian pharaohs faulty, or was there never a pharaoh Erimem? What is the purpose of the conspiracy against Erimem? And will she survive to see herself crowned?

The story is a fine enough one, and a good introduction to Erimem. It's a good pseudohistorical, with pretty good dialogue. The main problem I have with the story itself is that the mental parasite and its motives. I don't think that they are explored to the full, and so the main villain is something of a nonentity, unfortunately. And the title has very little bearing on the story itself.

Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant as the Doctor and Peri are good, as usual, with Peri getting a good turn towards the end when possessed, while Caroline Morris makes an excellent debut as Erimem. Jonathan Owen as Antranak and Jack Galagher as Fayum are good. However, I have to confess that Harry Myers as Yanis is a bit too hammy, and I'm not sure that enough reasons were given for Stephen Perring's Horemshep's treachery, whether he was working for the alien entity or for his own power.

As usual, the sound design for the serial ranks highly. There are occasions when the sound mixing does obscure the dialogue. But the music works well, if a bit stereotypically Egyptian, and the sound effects are good.

Ultimately, while not a brilliant story, The Eye of the Scorpion is a pretty damn good one. A good debut for a companion, and a decent pseudohistorical...


SCORE: 9/10

The next story will probably be The Mahogany Murderers...


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